Responding to Racism Starts with Understanding


Rick Lyke

Executive Vice President, Public Relations and Public Affairs

In cities across America demands for an end to racism are causing companies to reexamine policies to address diversity and inclusion. Companies are being challenged to take a stand. Meaningful progress will require a greater understanding of the elements that have allowed economic, law enforcement, judicial, health, housing, education and dozens of other forms of discrimination to persist.

Throughout our history, Mower has sought to contribute our talent and energy to social justice causes in the cities we call home. The urgent conversations taking place about racism in America challenge all of us to be more aware and focused. We are moving forward on several fronts to redouble our efforts to contribute to making meaningful progress on social justice, diversity, inclusion and equality. As a part of this effort, we are sharing a set of resources for communicators covering a range of diversity and inclusion topics. We hope this background is useful in your efforts to engage with key stakeholders and fight discrimination in all its destructive forms.

Diversity Resources for Companies

Diversity Council Toolkit

Greenhouse: 10 Tips to Kickoff Your Diversity Recruitment Strategy

Harvard Business Review: Diversity Content

McKinsey & Co.: Delivering Through Diversity

Racial Equity Tools

Recruiter: 7 Research-Backed Tips for Improving Your Diversity Recruitment

Society for Human Resources Management: How to Develop a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Diversity Articles

Awareness, Consciousness & Understanding

AdAge: Brands’ Responses to Racial Injustice

ANA/AIMM Commitment to Equality, Inclusion and Systemic Change

Anti-Racism Resources for White People

Aspen Institute: Racial Equity

Black Professionals in Advertising Demand Urgent Action from Agency Leadership

Brookings Institute: How We Rise

Business Insider: 18 Books on Race & White Privilege

Chauffeur Driven: 15 Common Phrases with Horrific Pasts

Divided We Fall: A Conversation on Race in America

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race

Pew Research Center: Race & Ethnicity

Smithsonian: 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America

Teaching Tolerance: Resources for Educators

Ted Talks: Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America

Urban Institute: Structural Racism in America

Washington Post: Understanding Racism and Inequality in America

Racism & Criminal Justice

ACLU: Race and Criminal Justice

Campaign Zero

Change of Color

Cato Institute Criminal Law and Civil Liberties

The Sentencing Project

Racism & Economic Opportunity

Center for American Progress: Systemic Inequality in America Racial Inequality

Marketplace: Structural Economic Racism

MediaVillage and Study on Diversity in Media and Advertising

Racism & Education

Center for Racial Justice in Education: Talking to Kids About Racism

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Education Week: Racism & Schools

Inside Higher Ed: Diversity Matters

NEA Today: Education Policy

Racism & Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: How Racism Impacts Health

American Academy of Pediatrics: Racism’s Impact on Child Health

American Public Health Association: Racism and Health

Social Justice Organizations

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

American Civil Liberties Union

Anti-Defamation League Resource Library

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Black Lives Matter Racial Justice & Equity

Equal Justice Initiative: National Memorial for Peace and Justice

League of United Latin American Citizens

Minority Rights Group International

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Community Action Partnership

National Disability Rights Network

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Women’s Law Center

National Urban League

Native American Rights Fund

Southern Poverty Law Center: Hatewatch

Unidos US

Government Organizations

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Fair Housing Act

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Labor Equal Employment Opportunity

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